PrizeFinalists in Shoot (photo/video)
University/SchoolSanta Monica College
ArtistAlberto Mesirca
Credit© Alberto Mesirca

During the spread of Coronavirus in Rwanda, these workers are building our first line of defense. They are building ‘tippy taps’, which are water dispensers for hand-washing, that you can find all over Kigali. This workshop, Gakinjiro, situated in central Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, was rather crowded and the hope is that there were no infected people among the workers. These photos were taken one day before lockdown which resulted in the complete closure of the workshop, with dozens of workers subsequently left without pay to fend for themselves in a uncertain and precarious environment.

He approaches his subjects in two ways. One is from a geometrical and rational perspective, possibly trying to find the abstract in reality and attempting to rationalize it. The other is from a sociological perspective, investigating the social, economical and historical contexts of also minimal aspects of reality that, like in a fractal, represent the whole. He believes that these processes inevitably lead to a more intimate knowledge and appreciation of the reality before him. A common trait of his photography is the intent of revealing hidden aspects of objects or situations.